Christchurch to Christchurch in 10 Days (1,135 kms)

The South Island is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand. Although it has the greatest land mass, it is only home to one quarter of the total population of New Zealand, which gives it a quieter, more laid back and relaxed atmosphere.

The South Island is an ideal place for a campervan holiday. Having your own vehicle to travel around in here really makes the experience unforgettable and allows you to travel at your own pace and explore the things that you want to see!

The start of your holiday adventure of the more northern end of the South Island will begin in the beautiful city of Christchurch. This stylish and contemporary city is known as New Zealand's "Garden City" and encompasses a natural and architectural beauty. While visiting this area you can explore the cultural heritage of this amazing city simply by walking the streets of the cultural precinct of the city centre. The beauty and wonder is all around, with the looming mountains and extensive coastline offering a stunning background to the city centre highlights. With fantastic wine regions and colourful countryside, there will always be something new for you to see in Christchurch.

Day 1 - Christchurch to Kaikoura

181 KM (2 hrs, 36 mins)

To begin your ultimate driving holiday of the South Island, pick up your campervan from the pre-arranged destination in Christchurch. Once you have adjusted to your new driving conditions, head north along S.H.1., which is also known as the 'Kaikoura Coast Line Drive'. While driving along this rugged coastline you will pass through the seaside villages of Woodend, Davaar, Cheviot, Fernihurst, Hundaless, Oara, Goose Bay and Kowhai. Break up the 181 kilometre drive by stopping for a short break in Cheviot. The Cheviot Tearooms are located just off the S.H.1., making it the perfect place to stop for a pleasant cup of tea.

Continuing your journey along the coastline will eventually bring you into the seaside town of Kaikoura. Kaikoura is a popular tourist destination all year round and is most famously known for its excellent whale watching opportunities. The town of Kaikoura is blessed with a stunning contrast of mountain and ocean views. The Seaward Kaikoura Mountains act as a pleasant background and the tips are snow capped for several months of the year. The town centre offers art, history, culture, fine wines and tasty cuisine and the abundance of marine life, with opportunities to swim with the seals and dolphins, is what really draws the tourists in.

Where to Stay!

Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park

This extensively landscaped park is located on Beach Road and is close to all of the local food, shops and services and only a short walk from the town centre. The park is home to 100 pleasant, sheltered sites for your campervan, so all you have to do is choose which one suits you best!
(www.kaikouratop10.co.nz)

Kaikoura Peketa Beach Holiday Park

The Kaikoura Beach Holiday Park is the only ocean front holiday park in Kaikoura. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this popular park is located just 5 minutes south of the town centre, which makes it the ideal place to park your campervan for the night. With spacious, level campervan sites starting at just $26 per night, there is something here to suit every budget!
(www.kaikoura.co.nz)

Don't Miss!

Whale watch Kaikoura

The daily operating tours that Whale Watch Kaikoura offer allow visitors to experience the unique wonder of these fascinating creatures. This unique experience permits you to engage in up-close encounters with the whales, while learning all there is to know about these majestic creatures. This is an once-in-a-lifetime experience that you should definitely not miss while visiting Kaikoura!
(http://www.whalewatch.co.nz/)

Seal Swim Kaikoura

Swim and snorkel with the fur seals in the shallow waters of the Kaikoura Peninsula. Discover how cute and friendly these creatures are while enjoying this unique experience with the guidance of trained professionals.
(www.sealswimkaikoura.co.nz)

Other Attractions!

Kaikoura Winery

The Kaikoura Winery is arguably the most scenic winery in all of New Zealand. While enjoying the spectacular ocean and mountain views you can sample the award winning wine that the locals pride themselves on. Take a guided tour of the vineyard and underground cellars and as the owners say, "touch the hills, see the views, hear the sea, smell the air and taste the wine!"
(http://www.kaikourawinery.co.nz/)

Maori Tours Kaikoura

This half-day tour allows you to explore the rich Maori history of the Kaikoura region. The guides will tell you fascinating stories of their ancestors, while you learn about the Maori customs and gain an insight into their way of life. This tour is regarded as one of the world's finest Indigenous tours and is definitely a must-do while visiting Kaikoura!
(http://www.maoritours.co.nz/)

Day 2 - Kaikoura to Blenheim

129 KM (1 hr, 37 mins)

On day 2 of your South Island campervanning adventure, drive the 129 kilometre journey along the east coast to Blenheim. This drive along S.H.1. is simply stunning as it takes you along the rugged coastline of the eastern side of the island. Along the way you may choose to stop in the coastal towns of Kapuku, Mangamaunu, Rakautara, Clarence, Parekawa, Kekerengu and Wharanui.

The town of Blenheim is located in the Marlborough region and is home to the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Situated on the fertile Wairau Plains, the town of Blenheim is surrounded by the centre of New Zealand's wine industry. The relaxed atmosphere and lifestyle of this quaint town will welcome you with open arms and make you feel right at home. With a safe harbour to go sailing on, stylish cafes and art galleries, and sunny weather year round, Blenheim is the perfect place to base yourself for the second night of your campervanning adventure.

Where to Stay!

Blenheim Bridge Top 10 Holiday Park

This stunning park is spread across 9 acres and located just 5 minutes from the heart of town. Choose from the 80 spacious, tree lined, powered sites that rest right on the banks of the lazy trout stream. With BBQ facilities, a play area, swimming pool and spa room just some of the features this park offers, where better place for you to park your campervan for the night!
(http://www.blenheimtop10.co.nz/)

Don't Miss!

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

This historical centre brings history to life with special presentations of static and flyable aircraft. Located on the Omaka Aerodrome, just 5 kilometres out of Blenheim, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is the perfect place for you to learn all there is to know about the history of New Zealand's aviation.
(http://www.omaka.org.nz/)

Other Attractions!

Molesworth Tour Company

Get away from the crowds and breathe in the fresh mountain air of New Zealand's largest farm. The Molesworth Station is situated in the remote, high country regions of Marlborough and offers stunning countryside scenery for you to feast your eyes upon. Choose to do a self-drive tour or take a one-day tour of the region's vineyards. This experience will get you back in touch with nature and allow you to experience the untouched beauty of New Zealand's high country!
(http://www.molesworthtours.co.nz/)

Day 3 - Blenheim to Picton

30 KM (26 mins)

Continue your journey along the S.H.1. for a further 30 kilometres and you will come to the picturesque town of Picton. Spending the night here will allow you to explore all the wonders that are on offer here and the short distance up the road from Blenheim means that you can take the Molesworth Tour at your own leisure.

The drive to Picton is truly a pleasant one and will take you through the interesting towns of Spring Creek, Koromiko and Elevation. Make a quick stop in Spring Creek and discover the strong coal mining history that abounds, while enjoying a picnic on the banks of the creek.

Picton is a small seaport at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. The beautiful beaches and easy bushwalks provide a relaxed setting and the waterfront views are simply stunning. Picton is Marlborough's main commercial port and daily ferry services to Wellington operate daily from here.

Where to Stay!

Picton Top 10 Holiday Park

The local Top 10 Holiday Park is located just 4 kilometres, or a 5 minute drive, east of the town centre of Picton. Overlooking Waikawa Bay, the park is close to a pleasant swimming beach and features a swimming pool, playground and BBQ facilities. You can choose from 50 powered sights, each boasting magnificent views of the bay. With prices starting at just $13 per night, where better then to rest your campervan for the night?
(www.pictontop10.co.nz)

Picton Campervan Park

The Picton Campervan Park is the closest park to the town centre and the ferry port. The landscaped grounds offer excellent site facilities and the surrounding adventure activities abound!
(www.pictoncampervanpark.co.nz)

Don't Miss!

Swimming with the dolphins!

The town of Picton offers Dolphin Watch Ecotours for those seeking the experience of a lifetime. After discovering the whales and seals back in Kaikoura, it is time to see the talents of the clever dolphins. Choose to take a tour on a boat to view the dolphins from convenient platforms, or take a dip in the cool waters and interact with these amazing creatures.
(www.naturetours.co.nz)

Other Attractions!

Sounds Wild Sea Kayaking!

The team at 'Sounds Wild Sea Kayaking' will take you on the kayaking adventure of your life! Kayaking around the Marlborough Sounds will allow you to paddle in the presence of fascinating native birds and outstanding marine life. With stunning views throughout and opportunities to stop in secluded bays, this experience is sure to be one that you will never forget!
(http://www.soundswild.co.nz)

Sovereign Cruises

Take a cruise aboard the M.V. Sovereign II and let your hair down, relax and unwind as you choose the places that you want to visit. With onboard bar facilities, a sound system and karaoke, you will be able to sit back and have a really good time!

Day 4 - Picton to Nelson

110 KM (1 hr, 33 mins)

On day 4 of your campervanning adventure, journey west along S.H.6. for 111 kilometres, where you will come across the cultural heart of Nelson. Along the way you will be travelling on the very outskirts of Mt Richmond Forest Park where you can enjoy stunning native forest views from the comfort of your motorhome. Along the way, stop in the gold mining settlement of Canvastown and try your luck with some gold panning.

From here, the road heads to the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, where you can stop and stretch your legs by taking a pleasant walk in the attractive reserve. Upon reaching Rai Valley, take a detour and you will find the old pioneer cottage at Carluka. Stop here to explore this historic establishment and learn more about New Zealand's history.

At the end of this leg of your driving journey you will come to the creative paradise of Nelson. This picturesque town enjoys a pleasant blend of lifestyle and stunning landscape. The town centre is home to an abundance of art galleries, theatres, cafes and restaurants and many of the streets are lined with historic buildings and the odd cathedral. With a waterfront setting and a port and marina lying on the shores of Tasman Bay offering a vastness of water sports, there is sure to be something to do in Nelson for all!

Where to Stay!

Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp

Situated on the shores of Kaiteriteri Beach, this holiday park rests on the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. With 400 powered sites to choose from, this is the perfect place to base yourself for exploration of the Park and the surrounding beaches.
(http://www.kaiteriteribeach.co.nz/)

Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

The local Top 10 Holiday Park is situated on the safe, sandy, holiday beach of Golden Bay. The park offers a relaxed environment and features an abundance of facilities to suit your every need. With beachfront sites for your campervan starting at just $16 per night, there is sure to be something to suit every budget!
(http://www.poharabeach.com/)

Don't Miss!

Happy Valley Adventures Skywire - Cable Bay

Happy Valley Adventures in Nelson is home to the world's longest high-speed suspension wire ride. The ride is a combination of a flying fox and a chairlift and reaches speeds up to 100 kilometres per hour. Set high on the forest hills above the Tasman Sea and River Valley, this ride gives you the opportunity to soar above beautiful native forest and gain a whole new perspective on the sights of New Zealand.
(http://www.happyvalleyadventures.co.nz/)

Other Attractions!

Touch the Sea Aquarium and Gift Shop

This specially created aquarium allows visitors to view the colourful range of New Zealand sea and shoreline life from the safety of the aquarium environment. The whole atmosphere of the attraction gives off a very natural vibe and makes the whole experience very life-like. This is definitely something that the whole family will enjoy.
(www.seatouchaquarium.co.nz)

Stonehouse Farm Horse Treks

Reawaken your keen sense of adventure and discover the sights of New Zealand on horseback at the Stonehouse Farm. The 1000-acre working farm is home to a certain rural tranquillity and stunning views of the countryside. Guided tours will take you and the horses through lush farmlands, flowing rivers, distinct wetlands and rolling hill country. This is a perfectly pleasant way to spend your afternoon and allows you to relax and unwind after your incredible Nelson experience!

Day 5 - Nelson to Westport

223 KM (3 hrs, 5 mins)

Awake on day 5 of your South Island adventure feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Be sure to fill up your petrol tank and get an early start as the journey to Westport is 223 kilometres.

The majority of the journey back will take you through the Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi National Park. The beauty of this part of the drive is that you can frequently stop within the National and forest parks and take short bush walks throughout the native parklands. The fresh, crisp air will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to continue your driving quest.

Westport is the gateway to the northern West Coast of the South Island and is the ultimate getaway experience. This port town is the largest centre in the area and is the perfect starting point for exploration of the surrounding areas. Westport boasts stunning river views and is dominated by thriving native bush and a rugged coastline. The great Southern Alps create a pleasant backdrop and Westport's close proximity to the Paporoa and Kahurangi National Park makes it the perfect base to explore these natural wonderlands.

Where to Stay!

Westport Holiday Park

Discover the relaxing accommodation on offer at the Westport Holiday Park, when you park your campervan here for the night. The park is set in the true West Coast native bush and enjoys unique birdlife and peaceful settings. With prices starting at just $28, there really is no better place to experience the wonder of Westport then at the Westport Holiday Park.
(http://www.westportholidaypark.co.nz/)

Don't Miss!

Coaltown Museum

Discover the days of coalmining in Westport when you pay a visit to the Coaltown museum. The museum hosts displays of goldmining and pioneer days. The maritime, earthquake and mineral exhibitions offer points of interest and the aviation and transport displays are sure to please all ages.
(http://www.geocities.com/coaltownnz/)

Cape Foulwind Seal Colony

Observe the native fur seals at play in their natural environment as you trek along Cape Foulwind. Park your campervan in the carpark then take the tracks that lead to the viewing platforms over the seal colonies below. The viewing platforms feature interpretive panels that provide useful information about the seals and the history of their colonies. Alternatively, take the one and a half hour coastal walk from Cape Foulwind, south to Tauranga Bay and enjoy the panoramic views of the cape and the rugged coastline. On your way, be sure to check out Cape Foulwind Lighthouse, which will give you a sense of the history of this stunning coastline.

Other Attractions!

Northwest Adventures Ltd

For the ultimate nature experience, take one of the Northwest Adventures! Begin your journey in Westpoint, where you will board the Nile River Rainforest Train, which will take you on one of their award-winning experiences. Choose from the Underworld Rafting Adventure or discover the glow worm caves. These adventures offer an exciting blend of fun and discovery and will leave you feeling exhilarated and refreshed.

Brightwater Vineyards

As you are leaving Nelson you will pass through the quaint country town of Brightwater. The Brightwater Vineyards specialise in producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Merlot. These world renowned wines are some of Nelson's finest produce and I highly recommend that you purchase some to take home with you!
(http://www.brightwaterwine.co.nz/)

Day 6 - Westport to Reefton

78.4 KM (58 mins)

You are now past the halfway point of your Christchurch campervan adventure and it is time to venture further along the northern west coast, slightly inland. Start on S.H.67, until you will eventually turn right onto S.H.6. Following this route will take you through Te Kuha, Tiria, Berlins and the Inangahua Junction. From here, head south along S.H.69. This driving experience will allow you to pass through Oweka, Inangahua Landing, Rotokohu, Larry's Creek, Cronadun and Waitahu. The journey to Reefton, in total, equates to around 75 kilometres, which means that you can accomplish it easily in under an hour and a half. However, since you have some spare time on your hands, make some stops along the way, get to know the locals and explore some of the hidden jewels of New Zealand.

The town of Reefton is home to a vibrant community and diverse lifestyle. Steeped in history and full of heritage, the distinctive wooden architecture buildings offer a pleasant and welcoming feel to the new visitor. Reefton is the coast's only inland town and is nestled in the Inangahua River Valley between the Paporoa and Victoria Ranges. These mountains give Reefton a stunning backdrop and make it a pleasant place to visit all year round!

Where to Stay!

Reefton Domain Camping Ground

This lovely country town camping ground is nestled in a tranquil, park-like setting beside the Inangahua River. The park is within a short walking distance to the town centre and features newly renovated facilities that are guaranteed to keep the guests happy. The sheltered, powered sites are perfect for those seeking a quiet, peaceful night and with prices at just $22 per couple, you really won't have any excuse not to stay here!
(http://www.nzcamping.co.nz/camp.php?id=623)

Don't Miss!

Victoria Conservation Park

This conservation park marks the boundaries of the township of Reefton. Covering 180,000 hectares of pristine, untouched native land, this park is definitely a must-see when visiting the South Island. The park is named after the granitic Victoria Ranges that run through it and boasts historic gold and coal mining sites throughout. One of the drawing cards of the park is the North Westland Wildlife Corridor. This unique feature allows wildlife to move from the coast to the Southern Alps, making it an essential for the survival of New Zealand's fauna. Take some time to walk the historic tracks, or mountain bike through this stunning setting, all while soaking up the fresh, country air and taking in the unspoilt nature that surrounds you.

Other Attractions!

Blacks Point

Located just 2 kilometres east of Reefton is the historic township of Blacks Point. This quaint settlement is rich in cultural history and boasts strong elements of Cornish and Celtic cultures. The streets are lined with historic cottages and cottage gardens, which gives the town a pleasant atmosphere. A visit to the Blacks Point Museum will give you an insight into the history of the Inangahua region and gives you an idea of what the early settlers endured upon the discovery of gold in this stunning area.
(www.reefton.co.nz/blackspoint.html)

Day 7 - Reefton to Greymouth

78.4 KM (1 hr)

On the seventh day of your campervan adventure, it is time to head back towards the coast and discover the wonder and beauty of Greymouth. Head in a south-westerly direction along State Highway 7 and you will pass through many of the hidden jewels of the South Island. Drive through Taiptiti, Twahai, Waimaunga, Ikamatua, Totara Flat, Ahaura, Red Jacks and Taylorville (just to name a few) and pick and choose where you want to stop and get out and explore. You will be spoilt for choice, with a different region welcoming you around every bend of the 80 kilometre journey to Greymouth.

Greymouth is the largest town on the West coast and is located on the banks of the Grey River. The town was largely created around the 1860's gold rush and is rich in Maori history dating back to before these times. Located at the foot of the Southern Alps and enjoying clear views of Mount Cook, Greymouth's surrounds alone will simply take your breath away. The unique flavour and feel of this town makes it the perfect place to spend the night and continue your exploration of the West Coast of the South Island.

Where to Stay!

Greymouth Seaside Top 10 Holiday Park

This is the ultimate place to park your campervan for the night as this park is located right on the water's edge. Enjoy ocean front views when you choose from the paved or grass powered sites that this park has to offer. The large, spacious sites offer a relaxing and informal environment, which assures you peace, quiet and tranquillity. The park is situated just 2.5 kilometres out of town, which makes it a perfect walking distance to the local shops and attractions. Take a lazy stroll on the beaches or sit back and relax with a bit of light reading as you plan for the next day of your holiday!
(www.top10greymouth.co.nz)

Don't Miss!

Shantytown

If you have taken the kids with you on your holiday, then a visit to Shantytown is definitely in order. Shantytown is "where history comes alive". This complete historical township is located just 10 kilometres from Greymouth, which makes it perfect if you are seeking a close-by afternoon activity. While visiting Shantytown, take a train ride, try your luck at gold panning, visit the lolly shop or listen to a West Coast story. Be sure to browse the Shantytown Collection which depicts the history of the early immigrants of Greymouth. A visit to Shantytown is sure to leave you just that little more informed of the days gone by in Greymouth!
(http://www.shantytown.co.nz/)

Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

This world famous rock formation is located in the Paporoa National Park, 42 kilometres north of Greymouth, which makes it the ideal place to spend a least half a day. The layered rocks resemble huge stacks of pancakes (hence the name) and if you are lucky enough to be there at high tide, you can witness the seawater being forced upwards through the blowholes. This completely natural occurrence is sure to leave you amazed and in awe, with the memory of this spectacular sight staying with you forever.
(http://www.punakaiki.co.nz/)

Other Attractions!

On Yer Bike!

"On Yer Bike" is an off-road and 4WD adventure for all ages. Set amongst the lush West Coast rainforest, this experience is guaranteed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Take a quad bike or go-cart off-road adventure through a fun mix of mud, water and narrow winding tracks. Be warned though, this is only for those of you out there who are willing to get dirty, all in the name of fun. Trek across the rivers, through the mud, all while enjoying the beautiful spots of forest that surrounds you throughout your journey!
(http://www.onyerbike.co.nz/)

History House Museum

The History House of Greymouth is situated right in the heart of town, which makes it the perfect place to visit while you are exploring the heart of the township. The house features fantastic collections of historic photographs that depict the days gone by in Greymouth and surrounding areas. Discover the days of gold mining and coal mining or buy a book on the history of these tough and trying times!
(http://www.history-house.co.nz/index.htm)

Day 8 - Greymouth to Hokitika

38.8 KM (35 mins)

This campervan adventure truly does focus on the amazing west coast of the South Island. On the eighth day of your campervan holiday, take advantage of having your own vehicle and take things at your own pace as your cruise a little further along the coast. Take in the rugged coastal scenery, either from the comfort of your motorhome or by stopping on the roadside to capture these amazing sights on camera. On your way to Hokitika you will pass through the coastal towns of Paroa, Gladstone, Kaihinu and Houhou. These coastal regions are located right on the water's edge and offer picturesque views and scenery. Taking your time on this route will allow you to relax and get a greater sense of this Island's strong coastal atmosphere!

The town of Hokitika is part of the West Coast heartland and is nestled right between the surf and the Hokitika River. This small but friendly town is known for its rainforests and wetlands and is often called the gold and greenstone capital of New Zealand. Since the drive here from Greymouth is only 35 kilometres in length, while you are still in the driving mood, upon arrival take the scenic drive on the Lake Kaniere Loop. This will bring you back to Hokitika through Kotatah, detouring off through rich dairying farms and the Hokitika Gorge. This scenic drive captures the essence of the Kokitika region and is truly a stunning drive that you are sure to take pleasure in!

Where to Stay!

Hokitika Holiday Park

The Hokitika Holiday Park is located just 1.5 kilometres from the town centre, which makes it the ideal place for you to base yourself for exploration of the township. The spacious campervan sites in the park are set on hard metal, grass or cobblestone so you have many options to pick and choose from. With prices starting at just $25 a night, there really is something to suit every budget.
(www.hokitika.com/holidaypark/)

252 Beachside Holiday Park

This holiday park is literally just seconds from the beach, making the 252 Beachside Holiday Park the perfect place to stay if you really want to stay by the coast. The park features a motorhome park which specifically suits your every need or want. The excellent facilities will make your stay enjoyable and the friendly staff will do everything hey can to ensure that your time here is pleasant and rememberable!
(http://www.252beachside.co.nz/)

Don't Miss!

National Kiwi Centre - Eco World

The National Kiwi Centre places a large emphasis on the preservation and safety of New Zealand's traditional bird, the kiwi. View the live kiwi's in a unique nocturnal display and discover the real reason why these precious creatures have become so endangered. Take some time to discover the living dinosaur, the Tuatara, pay a visit to the eel tank or interact with sea creatures such as the crayfish and the seahorse. This is a truly unique eco experience that can only be enjoyed while visiting New Zealand, so make sure you make some time to fit this exciting experience in!
(http://www.thenationalkiwicentre.co.nz/)

Other Attractions!

Paddle Boat Cruises

Spend and hour and a half cruising the tranquil Mahinapua Creek on New Zealand's only genuine stern drive paddle boat. Explore the magnificent scenery of the untouched rainforests and wetlands of the region, with unique photo opportunities around every corner. This is truly the perfect way to discover the scenic waters of New Zealand!
(www.paddleboatcruises.com)

Ross Historical Goldfields

The historic town of Ross is a vibrant community just a 20 minute drive south of Hokitika. The town is nestled amongst lush New Zealand rainforest and the stunning backdrop is made up of rugged mountains that meet the local wild beaches. The streets are lined with heritage, original buildings, which give the town a strong historical ambience. Discover the mining relics and tunnel that used to be the focal point of the town or take a scenic drive in the Totara Valley, enjoying the picturesque scenery from the comfort of your motorhome. Whatever you are in the mood for, there is sure to be something in Ross for you!
(http://www.ross.org.nz/)

Day 9 - Hokitika to Oxford

211 KM (2 hrs, 36 mins)

The second last day of your motorhome experience of the South Island, brings forth a 211 kilometre journey to Oxford. Rise early so that you can get an early start. This will give you the opportunity to make frequent stops along the way and discover some of the inland highlights of the South Island. Travel inland on State Highway 73 and you will pass through Turiwhate, Wainihinihi, Aickens and Otira, which will eventually lead you into Arthur's Pass National Park. Take some time here to walk through the native forest areas, where you will discover many of New Zealand's native flora and fauna.

The route will soon take you past Caraigieburn Forest Park, where the towns of Beagley Spur, Cass and Castle Hill Village reside. Continuing further along the State Highway will take you through Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park and then Springfield, Annat, Sheffield and Bexley. With so many options to choose from, it really is entirely up to you where you want to stop and take your breaks!

The small country town of Oxford is known for its tranquil, rural setting and offers a large range of recreational and leisure activities that are sure to please the whole family. Oxford is situated at the base of the Oxford foothills, with the Puketeraki Range offering a stunning backdrop to the township. A visit to Oxford is the perfect way to discover old-time New Zealand as it boasts a peaceful small-town appeal, steeped in local history and heritage. Oxford is the ideal starting point for bushwalking, hunting trips and rafting or ski adventures in the bountiful natural surrounds!

Where to Stay!

Ashley Gorge Holiday Park

This camping ground is located on Ashley Gorge road, just 8 kilometres outside Oxford. This exceptional environment encompasses beautiful bushland and woodland surroundings, with the Ashley Gorge River creating a pleasant atmosphere in the park. The park offers unique contrasts of adventure and relaxation, where you have a choice of sitting back and relaxing with a good book or taking a dip in or trying a spot of fishing in the river. Your stay here is guaranteed to be simply blissful and one that will bring you back in touch with nature!
(www.ashleygorgeholidaypark.co.nz)

Don't Miss!

Palmdale Llamas

The home of the llamas is a 100-acre property, just outside of Oxford. A visit here will reward you with an unforgettable llama experience that will amuse and entertain you. Spend some time with the lovely llamas, go for a bushwalk or simply soak up the uninterrupted country views that abound in every direction. You will leave here feeling refreshed and enlightened and with a new found love of these fascinating and unique creatures!
(http://www.palmdalellamas.com/)

Other Attractions!

Ribblesdale Country Gardens

These stunning gardens will surprise and enchant you and leave you feeling calm and peaceful. Discover the fragrances of the Fragrant Garden and take a walk though the secret garden, native garden, moonlight garden and the butterfly house. The pleasant contrasts of textures and colours create a unique and creative area that you simply must capture with your camera. With excellent parking facilities for your campervan, there really is no excuse not to visit the Ribblesdale Country Gardens!
(http://www.ribblesdalegardens.co.nz/)

Day 10 - Oxford to Christchurch

55.4 KM (58 mins)

The tenth day of your holiday of the South Island brings with it the last day of your adventure. It is time to head back to Christchurch and bring your journey to a close. However, since you have all day, you may as well take some time out to explore the townships on the road back to Christchurch.

The journey back towards the coast will take you on driving expeditions through Carleton, Wilsons Siding and Bellfast. Spend this part of the drive just taking in the amazing countryside around you and filling up the rest of your camera. Upon arrival in Christchurch, spend the rest of the day exploring the sights and scenes of the city. This is the perfect way to wrap up your campervan adventure!

Don't Miss!

The Cultural Precinct

Discover the heart of the city of Christchurch and take a walk through the cultural precinct. The precinct is home to the Art Gallery, Botanic Gardens, the Canterbury Museum, Cathedrals and an Arts Centre. No matter what you are in the mood for, the whole family will find something here to enjoy.
(www.culturalprecinct.co.nz)

Other Attractions!

The Circuit

If you are in the mood for fun, adventure and new experiences, a trip around "The Circuit" is in order. Here you will find Science Alive, Laserstrike!, Garden City Bowl, Aimtru's Indoor Archery, The Roxx Climbing Centre, Clip 'N Climb and Action Dirt Karts. A visit to any of these attractions provides you with an interactive experience that will challenge your mind and body. This is the perfectly fun way to end your trip as it will leave you feeling adventurous, accomplished and young at heart!
(www.christchurch.org.nz/activities)

End of Trip!

Upon arrival in Christchurch you will have reached the end of your campervanning adventure. It is now time to return your much loved motor home and start putting all those photos together in an album of New Zealand's South Island.

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